. they certainly know how to handle large crowds. first off we did the studio tour that took us around many of the film sets and several scary simulators for king kong, jaws, and back to the future. we passed several other sets but we can't remember the names of the films. long day and all that. we then queued for a number of rides and themed simulations including; the simpsons, shrek 4d, house of horrors and the special effects stage. there were all really good. we managed to grab a late lunch in the park in-between rides. our pick up was at 7pm, so by the time we got back to the motel was 8pm. we headed straight out to a fab restaurant that also did takeway. we shared a roasted roots salad and small pepperoni pizza back here at the motel. so pleased i booked an inclusive tour rather than trying to drive around myself. for a start parking would have been a nightmare. that's assuming i could have found my way around. besides the running commentary from our guide for the city tour was really good.
we aim to have a quieter day tomorrow. samson is going to get on some lades and i'll ride a bike. first we'll go down to venice / muscle beach - bringing back memories jen ? - then head the other way towards malibu. after that we reckon that some retail therapy is in order.
up early and headed out for breakfast at a local omelette bar. fab breakfast back to hotel for our trip to hollywood/beverly hills and universal studios. our first stop was rodeo drive where all the top brands have their shops. amazing to see the pristine side walks and security guys at every store. our guide book describes it as 'a film set of a european street' which i tend to agree with. the mr. bijan store requires you to have a reservation to shop there. you pay 1500 dollars whether you buy anything or not. they park a bugatti veyron outside and employ top models to 'help' customers buy their clothes. no stars around at 10am so we pushed on to hollywood boulvevard. we stopped off and walked part of the walk of fame and looked at the stars' autographs outside the chinese theatre. final stop was at the top of mulholland drive to take pictures of the hollywood sign and look down on houses of many of the stars. the tour concluded and we were dropped at universal studios at midday. the place was packed so the queues were long, but they kept moving and for the most part we were under shade and the cooling fans and water mist sprays kept everybody happy